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File 2764/1904 Pt 3 'Baghdad Railway: general negotiations 1910-1912.' [‎238r] (486/544)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (268 folios). It was created in 1910-1912. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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BAGDAD RAILWAY.
SECRET.
[June 27.]
Section 5.
[22870] ' ' No. 1 .
Sir G. Lowther to Sir Edward Grey.—(Received June 27.)
(No. 403.)
Sir, Constantinople, June 22, 1910.
I HAVE the honour to forward herewith a despatch from Mr. Rawlins, \ T ice-
consul at Adana, transmitting further notes on the construction of Bagdad Railway.
I have, &c.
GERARD LOWTHER,
Enclosure in No. 1.
Vice-Consul Rawlins to Sir G. Lowther.
(No. 22.)
Sir, Adana, June 13, 1910.
I HAVE the honour to report that construction work on the Bagdad Railway is
now being pushed on apace, and there are gangs out at work in and around Yenidje
(about half an hour by rail from Adana) and also near the station of Ohakir Pasha at a
point where the opening ceremony was held, which was described in my despatch
No. 9 of the 2nd May, and where the Bagdad line, after following the Mersina-Adana
line from Yenidje, will branch off through the vineyards at the back of the town to
come out on the large open fields which border the banks of the Seihun River.
Enormous quantities of material continue to arrive from Mersina,. and three or four
luggage trains run daily from Mersina to Yenidje and Adana. It is, in fact, hard to
remember that the Mersina line is distinct, at present, from the Bagdad Company,
since the latter appear to have taken over the former, run their engines and waggons
on it, and use it for their owm purposes. Rumour has it that M. Endricks, director of
the Mersina line, will, on relinquishing his post in nine months time, become an acth e
member of the Bagdad Company and be given some higher post in the administration.
The advent of the Bagdad Railway has caused a wild speculation in land, and
extravagant buying is being indulged in by persons who think they know exactly
where the line will pass, and are awaiting a great rise in property.
I Jiavo (&c
E.’ C. DONALDSON RAWLINS.

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The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, newspaper cuttings, maps and notes, relating to negotiations over the proposed Berlin to Baghdad Railway in the period 1910-1912.

The discussion in the volume relates to the economic, commercial, political and military considerations impinging on British strategy for the international negotiations over the development of a railway to Baghdad.

Further discussion surrounds the motivations and strategies of British competitors in the area; included in the volume is a copy of the Russo-German agreement.

The principal correspondents in the volume include Sir Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Sir Gerard Augustus Lowther, Ambassador to Constantinople.

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1 volume (268 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

The subject 2764 (Bagdad Railway) consists of five volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/56-60. The volumes are divided into five parts with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 269; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out. Pagination: a pagination sequence in red crayon is present between ff 244-252.

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